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Brief #8 - Postcode Gangs

Haiyan Zhang
posted this on February 16, 2012 17:00

Postcodes define neighbourhoods of people who can be fiercely loyal to their specific plot in London. Sometimes this can lead to anti-social behaviour, where postcard gangs form feral tribes and wreck havoc across postal borders.

Is there another type of gang behaviour where we can tap into the fierce loyalty people have for their local neighbourhood?  What does a Postcode gang stand for, what resources are there for people to get help and support. How many people in a postcode are elderly or vulnerable, how many are short of money and would be available to run errands. Sharing resources: how many have a hedge trimmer or a sowing machine. Sharing skills: teaching, language, music.

The task is to develop a service that allows people who live in a postcode to get access to local resources. To let people who live in the area find out about what is available in their area. And what can they do to help.

Inspiration:

http://www.neighbourhood.statistics.gov.uk/
http://www.neighbourhoodwatch.net/
http://www.volunteering.org.uk/
http://www.postcodeportraits.org/

 

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Andy Piper

Here's the code for the Karma Phone we developed! https://github.com/andypiper/karma

February 20, 2012 18:22
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Haiyan Zhang

Thanks Andy!

February 20, 2012 20:00
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Andy Piper
February 23, 2012 21:57